PetMeds® Remedy for Cat with Dandruff

This week we highlight questions asked by our PetMeds Facebook fans and answered by Dr. Dym.

PetMeds Customer Question:  My tuxedo always has what looks like bad dandruff, which is most visibly on the black areas of her coat. Could you please make a suggestion for excessive dry skin in felines?

One of the more common skin complaints of feline guardians regarding their cat’s coat is the appearance of dry flakes or dander apparent on the darker areas of the coat. There are many possible causes of this dandruff-like appearance. Certainly changes in humidity or temperature in the house at different times of year can contribute to dandruff in our pets.  Additionally, other possible causes for dandruff in cats can be:

–         Digestive tract issues including poor diet

–         Intestinal parasites

–         Food allergy/hypersensitivity

–         Poor absorption or digestion of nutrients

If a cat is also itchy with a dry coat, various allergies to inhalant/contact allergies, food allergies, and flea bite allergies can also be involved.  Certainly any illness in the body can affect coat quality and luster and lead to dandruff or dry skin.  If your cat is otherwise acting normally, conditioners such as 1-800-PetMeds Oatmeal & Aloe Conditioner can help, as well as adding fatty acids to meals such as Missing Link or Be Well for Cats may help in many cases.

If your cat is showing signs of illness or weight loss, than a full medical workup is recommended to sort out potential causes and the best treatment plan. .

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  1. My adult cat has dander he doesn’t scratch to much but you can see in his dark fur and when I brush him everyday the hair has dander I know the change in the house hot or cold which I live in south east Georgia. Lucky is so handsom and what should we do, he does sneeze from time to time. Help.

  2. Could you help me with some advice about my cats dander. I know the change in weather can cause it. I brush him every day and he does sneeze from time to time. HELP

  3. Cat dander Help

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I usually like to treat dander from inside out with good natural diet like halo or natures miracle or possibly home made diet, as well as add supplements to meals like enzymes like prozyme and/or fatty acid supplementation. Usually dander will improve over time. Of course blood work/exam should be done to rule out underlying diseases.

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Brushing is indeed important for minimizing dander. But also supplementing diet with enzymes like prozyme as well as fatty acids like missing link can help as well long term.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Answered in separate posting.

  7. Michelle GutierrezJuly 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Well, my cat has some bald patches on the top of her head, behind her ears, and on her upper back.(around her shoulder blades) I am worried because she not only has those newly formed bald patches, but she has alot of flaking there as well. She has been acting normal, no odd behavior.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Best to have veterinary exam to make sure no external skin parasites such as ringworm or mange mites, which can be ruled out by veterinary exam.

  9. my dog has dander and i would like to know how to treat it
    hes biting his self all the time

  10. what kind of food is best for my dog

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I prefer fresh or home made based raw meat diets. Consider natures variety or halo from 1800petmeds.

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Could be underlying inhalent/contact allergies, food allergies, etc. Make sure on good natural diet such as halo or natures variety from 1800petmeds. Also add enzymes to meals such as naturevet enzymes or be well fatty acid supplement. Benadryl may help decrease the allergic itching at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily See vet if signs persist.

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